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Jul 4, 2013 11:41 AM by Associated Press

Assad: Countries lined up against him have military intervention as their only remaining option

BEIRUT (AP) - Syria's president is quoted today as saying that the countries who are siding with the rebels there have "used up all their tools" in their campaign to overthrow his regime.

In comments to a state-run newspaper (Al-Thawra), Bashar Assad said those countries have "nothing left except direct intervention" -- and he added that he doesn't think that will happen.

Assad rejected the idea that what has been happening in Syria for more than two years is a revolution. Instead, he insisted it's a conspiracy by Western and some Arab states to destabilize his country.

His remarks came as Western-backed Syrian opposition figures gathered in Turkey for talks on electing a new leadership.

In the same interview, Assad praised the massive protests by Egyptians against their Islamist leader, Mohammed Morsi. Assad said the overthrow of Morsi means the end of "political Islam."

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